WGXC-90.7 FM

Schumer says oil train cars need new regs

Feb 20, 2015 10:35 am
[caption width="236" align="alignleft"] Chuck Schumer, from Wikipedia.[/caption]Eric Anderson in the Albany Times-Union reports that the oil tank cars that exploded in West Virginia Feb. 16 wouldn't meet proposed new federal safety standards, according to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Thursday. "Yet again, we have seen a rupture-prone rail car carrying volatile crude oil wreak havoc on a community, and it further demonstrates that the federal Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget must release tough, comprehensive rail car standards to help avoid a future tragedy," Schumer said in a statement. "The CPC-1232 may be a newer rail car model, but it is just barely stronger than the more infamous DOT-111s." Currently, oil trains daily run along the west side of the Hudson River, with many in the Albany yards between I-787 and the river. Activists in Albany on Feb. 19 called for the Albany Common Council to follow the the Albany County Legislature in asking state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens to ban oil train traffic in the state. Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.